Management Team

The senior management team is responsible for implementing strategy and overseeing the day to day operation of the company.

They are:

Corporate
Russel Creedy
Group Chief Executive Officer

As the Group Chief Executive Officer, Russel is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and management of Restaurant Brands’ operations across New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii.  Russel joined Restaurant Brands in 2001 as Supply Chain Manager before becoming General Manager for Pizza Hut in New Zealand in 2004.  In 2007 Russel was appointed as Restaurant Brands’ Chief Executive Officer.
 
Prior to joining Restaurant Brands, Russel held a number of sales and operational roles in manufacturing and logistics operations in South Africa and New Zealand.  Russel has BSc (Chem) and MBA.
Grant Ellis
Group Chief Financial Officer

Grant has been the Chief Financial Officer for Restaurant Brands since its listing in 1997. He is responsible for the finance, treasury, investor relations and company secretarial functions within Restaurant Brands.
 
Prior to joining Restaurant Brands, Grant held a number of senior finance roles in other New Zealand public companies. Grant has a BCom (Accounting) and MBA from Auckland University. He is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and currently serves as a councillor on its main governing body.
 

Arif Khan
Group Chief Operating Officer
Chief Executive Officer NZ

Jennifer Buddle
Group Chief People Officer
 

New Zealand Division

Simon Whitfield
Chief Financial Officer

Kenny Thein
Chief Information Officer

Deidre Gourlay
General Manager Development and Property

Leonie Reyneke
General Manager Supply and Quality

Geraldine Oldham
Chief Marketing Officer
 
Herman Pretorius
General Manager KFC

Geoff Holton
General Manager Pizza Hut

Clark Wilson
General Manager Taco Bell
 

Australian Division

Ashley Jones
Chief Executive Officer - Australia

Ashley joined what is now Restaurant Brand's Australian subsidiary, QSR Pty Ltd in 2007 as a Financial Controller after migrating from the UK with his family.  Ashley became the CFO of QSR in 2009 and was appointed as Chief Executive Offier - Australia in 2018.

Ashley has a wealth of financial and commercial experience working in the retail, manufacturing, IT and service industries and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Ashley's Senior Leadership Team:

David Browne
Chief Financial Officer

Paul Meischke
Chief Operations Officer

Emma Jones
General Manager People and Performance

Gino Gigliotti
General Manager Property and Development
 

Hawaiian Division

Kevin Kurihara
Chief Executive Officer - Hawaii

Kevin joined what is now Restaurant Brands' Hawaiian subsidiary, TD Food Group Inc. in 1996 as CFO and has served as the company's Chief Executive Officer since 2016.  Prior to joining the company, Kevin was a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hawaii and California.

Kevin has a BBA in Marketing from the University of Hawaii, performed post-graduate studies in accounting and management at the University of Hawaii and participated in Jardine's Executive Development Program.  Kevin is active in a number of community organisations and currently serves as President of Kahala Kua Community Association.

Kevin's Senior Leadership Team:

Brent Matsumoto
Chief Financial Officer

Leah Allen
Director of Marketing

David Char
Pizza Hut Concept Manager

Carol Graff
Director of Human Resources

Yong Min Kim
Director of Operations

Lawton Nakata
Director of IT
 

California Division

Raziel Valiente-Chung
Chief Executive Officer – California
 
Raziel joined the predecessor to RBD California Restaurants Limited  in 2011 as Financial Controller.  She became the CFO of the company in 2013 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer – RBD California Restaurants Limited in 2020.
 
Raziel started her career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse in their Philippines offices. Prior to becoming involved with the KFC business, Raziel was the Director of Asset Management for Levy Affiliated and was the Finance Controller for Atmel Corporation Philippines, responsible for all aspects of finance, purchasing, project management and facility management.
 
She earned her B.S. in Accountancy from Xavier University and her MBA  from the Ateneo de Manila University. She is a Certified Public Accountant in California.
 
Raziel's Senior Leadership Team:
 
Vacant
Chief Financial Officer
 
Zamanodin Zamani
Chief Operations Officer
 
Nancy Franco-Pelayo
Director for Human Resources